Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipes - Liquid and Powdered Cleaning Agents

Here, you will learn about how to make your own homemade carpet cleaner.

Carpet cleaning by a professional can be costly and is often not environmentally safe, so why not make your own carpet cleaner to use with your electric carpet shampooer?

The following is an easy homemade carpet cleaner recipe to make and can be used straight away. You can store the remainder for later use.

Ingredients you will need:

  • A large 3 or 5 gallon pail
  • 1 bar of Ivory soap
  • 3/4 cup borax (20 Mule Team borax is readily available in your supermarket)
  • 3/4 cup washing soda (Arm & Hammer available as above)


  • Heat 6 cups of water in a large pan and grate the Ivory soap into the pan. Stir until the soap has melted. Add the borax and washing soda and stir until they have dissolved.

  • Pour 4 cups of hot water into the pail, pour the soap mixture from the pan, then add another 1 1/2 gallons of hot water to the pail. Stir until well mixed and allow to cool before using.

    Use your homemade carpet cleaner the same way as you would a commercial cleaner by adding the recommended amount of water to the carpet cleaner mixture. If you store the product, make sure you stir it well before using, but once hot water is added to it, it will dissolve completely.

    After using, be sure to use one cup of white vinegar to clean your electric carpet cleaner and to remove any residue.

    To make a powder-based homemade carpet cleaner to spot clean a stain, simply mix 3 oz corn flour with 1/2 lb baking powder and add crushed herbs or lavender to give the mixture a fresh aroma. Cover the stain with the powder mix and allow to stand overnight, then vacuum up the residue the next morning. This is good for high traffic areas that need to be cleaned often.

    Also for spot cleaning, a homemade carpet cleaner can be made quickly using equal parts white vinegar and baking soda, diluted with bottled or purified water. Mix the ingredients together until they form a paste which you can then scrub into the stain using a soft toothbrush. Be careful not to scrub too hard so as to avoid crushing the carpet fibers. When the carpet is dry, vacuum up the residue and the stain will be gone.

    An easy home made carpet cleaner that is also useful as a spot cleaner and again has vinegar as its base can be made by mixing 2 cups of water with 1 cup of white vinegar. You can add a little liquid fabric softener to the solution to mask the vinegar odor, then spray onto the carpet. Gently rub into the stain with a soft toothbrush or clean cloth. Allow to dry and vacuum the carpet to raise the fibers.

    Everyone has dish detergent at home, so why not use it to make an efficient homemade carpet cleaner by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of a clear dish detergent with 1 cup of warm water and apply to your carpet with a cloth or soft toothbrush. Do not use a colored dish detergent or you run the risk of staining the carpet.

    As you can see, there are many variations to homemade carpet cleaners, and you will probably already have most of the necessary ingredients in your kitchen cabinets - so why spend money for a commercial brand when you don't need to? Just remember, as with any cleaner, to test a small patch on the carpet for colorfastness before using.

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